Department of Health approves PFI credits for schemes

The Department of Health has approved PFI credits on four local authority building projects worth a combined £158m. The announcement means construction can begin soon on the schemes.

The projects were among 17 schemes put under review late last year by the Department of Health. While the remaining 13 projects will not gain PFI credits, local authorities are permitted to take them forward if they find alternative funds.

The successful four are:

  • A £30m collaborative care centre at White City developed by the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and its local primary care trust. Wilmott Dixon is the contractor on the project.
  • An £83m scheme for Hull City Council at three sites to develop 200 beds for elderly people.
  • The Holt Park Wellbeing centre in Leeds worth £30m. The project was put under review two weeks before construction was due to start.
  • A £15m sports and leisure centre at Sandwell, where priority will be given to disabled adults receiving social care services.

Care services minister Paul Burstow said: ‘These ambitious schemes include plans to build bridges between health and social care.

“This is key to developing services that fit around people’s lives and deliver personalised care and support.”